Flat Classroom Project Resources

Introduction


One of the aims of this collaborative project is to use Web 2.0 tools to enhance and support student-centred learning between classrooms in diverse locations. The tools listed below are some of the options available for teachers and students to use to share files, communicate using audio and video and to share ideas regularly. Also, to learn how to use the features of a wiki try the wikispaces help, or this wiki for quickstart information about using multimedia.

Project Toolbox



These are the Web 2.0 tools that cement the connections and allow classrooms from around the world to communicate and collaborate online.
For a full set of tools used in 2006 see the Flat Classroom Project Overview
  • Blogs: Blogger.com, Eduspaces.net
  • Wikis – Discussion Tab to talk, RSS subscriptions, embedding multimedia
  • Elluminate (synchronous Communications)
  • Ning.com - social networking to join all participants in a virtual environment
  • Youtube, TeacherTube – Videos uploaded online
  • Skype to bring experts into class
  • Delicious – Social bookmarking
  • Bloglines or NetVibes – for RSS
  • Google Notebook – to track sources to cite.
  • Evoca – to record and post introductions
  • Animoto - to create short video clips online
  • Facebook and Myspace to connect and talk abut the project
  • Firefox and live bookmarks to keep track of things
  • Windows Movie Maker/ PhotoStory/ Audacity
  • Meebo – the project managers kept office hours.
  • Flickr – to share photos
  • CamStudio – to create sceencasts
  • Camtasia Studio
  • The Jing Project
  • Twitter – help them see what the other is doing
  • SlideShare – to share slideshows
  • Grazr widget to pull RSS tags as appropriate
  • Clustrmap to show what countries people were from
  • Airset – set it up so we were each in our time zone and could schedule meetings with each other and see when the others were in the classroom. Used it to find when we were in class at the same time
  • Gtalk, Skypechat
  • Pretty May to record skype conversations
  • Logitech QuickCams w/ avatars
  • Macromedia Flash animations – PhotoShop, Adobe products

Conversations


Conversations should occur on the discussion tab for your main project page (the page you are taken to when you click on your project title in the topics list). You may type messages or link voicemails at this location. It helps to have one primary location. Remember, do not release private or personal information here. Skype and other personal information will be exchanged through direct contact between the teachers and all issues should occur there.
It is expected that there will be regular/daily conversations on the wiki discussion tab as you develop your project together. It is essential that you check back at least once a day for updates and that you also use the other means of communication provided (email, Skype) to get to know your partner and deliver messages and greetings.

Video Tutorials

Note: the following videos were created and used for the Flat Classroom Project 2006

Using Evoca


To easily exchange messages and reflections throughout the project it is suggested that all students set up an account with Evoca.com.
The first task is to record an audio file to introduce yourself to your partner.
Here is a screencast tutorial to show you how to do this and how to join the Flat Classroom Project Group.



Making the Personal Video


As a finale to the project each student is asked to create a personal video. This is to be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 4 minutes in length. Here is a video to help you get started with format and ideas for your personal video.



Sharing Podcasts and Videos


To send a file such as a podcast or a video for inclusion in the final multimedia artifact for Julie Lindsay and/or her students please follow these steps:
  1. Make sure your podcast is in .mp3 format. Your video can preferably be in .avi or .mpg format.
  2. Go to http://dropload.com and create an account (this is very easy, use an email account that you can access immediately to verify the account)
  3. Send it to the appropriate person:
    • For Julie Lindsey - Send your MP3 file to flatclassroom@podOmatic.com
    • For Vicki Davis - Send your file to coolcatteacher@gmail.com through dropload.
      • Note: If your file is larger than 100 MB, you should Zip it using winzip or by using the zip feature on a PC for Mrs. Davis.

Downloading, Editing, and Citing Video


This video from Mrs.Davis includes instructions on how to download and convert Google Video for use in Windows Movie Maker Licensing information that you need to know and basic editing in movie maker.


Citing Video


Specific information on how to cite video in MLA according to the information available at this time from Mrs. Davis.


Uploading Google Video and Embedding in the Wiki


This is how to take your video from Windows Movie Maker to Google Video and how to embed it on your wiki. (For flat classroom participants, there is also a suprise at the end!)




Embedding the Video onto the Wiki Page


This short tutorial will show you how to embed an online video onto a wiki page.



Other Resources


Class of 2020 Video

2020 Vision by Karl Fisch from the FischBowl blog. This is speculative video looking at the class of 2020 graduation in 13 years. A 'must watch' for students of this project.